by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
Gamo 126 single stroke pneumatic 10-meter target rifle.
This report covers:
- The test
- R10 Match Pistol
- Air Arms Falcons
- RWS Hobby
- Sig Match Ballistic Alloy
- Gamo Match pellets
- Vogel Match pellet with 4.50mm head
Today is a day I have waited for for many years. This is the day I discover how accurate the Gamo 126 10-meter target rifle is. Let’s get right to it.
I shot off a sandbag rest from 10 meters. I shot 5 pellets at each target.
R10 Match Pistol
First to be tested and also used for sighting-in was the 7-grain RWS R10 Match Pistol wadcutter. Sight-in took three shots and then came the group. The 126 put five R10 Pistol pellets into 0.314-inches at 10 meters. That’s not a very auspicious start. I expected better from this pellet.
Air Arms Falcons
I often test one or two domed pellets in a target rifle because many readers ask for it. At 7.33 grains the Air Arms Falcon seems like a good choice for my 126 that’s shooting more like a pistol than a rifle. Five of them went into 0.155-inches at 10 meters. Now, the holes left by domed pellets moving at slow speed are hard to measure with accuracy, so this could be off quite a bit, but I was still impressed. It brought out the trime!
Next up was the venerable RWS Hobby. Hobbys are sometimes quite accurate in lower-powered air rifles, but not in this one. Five made a 0.281-inch group at 10 meters.
Sig Match Ballistic Alloy
Next I tried five Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets. These were the fastest in the 126 in the velocity test, and today five of them went into 0.218-inches at 10 meters. That’s pretty good.
Five Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets went into 0.218-inches at 10 meters.
Gamo Match pellets
I searched though my supply of .177 pellets for Gamo Match pellets, but did not find a tin. That’s too bad because I have always felt they are a good target pellet. I put them on my list to order in both .177 and .22. But since the 126 is a Gamo rifle I felt I had to test it with at least one Gamo pellet, so I broke out a tin of Gamo Master Points. This is another pellet that doesn’t cut a round hole in the target paper, but the group was another small one. Just 0.183-inches separated the centers of the two holes farthest apart. The trime was used a second time!
Vogel Match pellet with 4.50mm head
The last pellet I tested was the American-made Vogel Match pellet with a 4.50mm head. These pellets compete at the World Cup and Olympic level. But the 126 doesn’t like them. It put 5 in a 10-meter group that measured 0.30-inches between centers.
Five Vogel pellets made a 0.30-inch group at 10 meters.
I have enjoyed testing the Gamo 126 Match rifle. I learned its strengths (the trigger and the light cocking effort) and its weakness (the complex and fiddly powerplant). I have wondered about it for years and now I know.
The accuracy is roughly on par with a Daisy 853 or 753 target rifle, though with much easier pumping effort and a far better trigger. Think of it as equal to the recoiling target rifles of its era, but subordinate to the recoilless ones.
Fit and finish are not up the the standard of the day, but they are adequate for the price that was charged. It’s the everyman target rifle. Think of it as Spain’s answer to the IZH MP532 target rifle — though nowhere near as accurate.
This is a report I have wanted to do for a long, long time. Now I know and never again need to doubt what this rifle is and what it can do. Does it belong in a collection of 10-meter rifles? Well, it’s certainly not a serious contender and never has been. But neither are the IZH 532, The Haenel 312 or the Daisy 853. I suppose to be complete a collection does need one of these.